|Title||Utilising the Sport of Lifesaving to establish a 'community base' within lifesaving organisations - the essentials, a model, the process and the benefits|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Lifesaving sport is emerging as an important component of the delivery of lifesaving services to the community by the community – specifically community based volunteer organisations. This presentation will provide the necessary background information, understandings and process, for the adoption of a model by lifesaving organisations that offers the opportunity to its members to become involved in the sport of lifesaving. The model will provide a guide to and assist in the decision making processes.
It is inclusive of a ‘cradle to the grave’ continuum and supports participation at every level from club to the elite. The benefits to organisations that include lifesaving sport activities at the participation level are canvased (with reference to the appropriate research evidence). Examples of the types of opportunities lifesaving sport can offer an organisation at all levels are investigated.
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Competition in lifesaving has been in existence for as long as organised lifesaving has been. It has been known purely as “competition” and not, by all participants, branded as a sport.
It is now establishing itself as a identifiable “sport” within the wider sports community and therefore needs to continue to take the opportunities and benefits that sport offers.
Some of these benefits include:
Research in Australia shows that:
Individual - Life skills• Personal health and wellbeing• Creating and maintaining a social network.
The clubs role
The Club “Essentials”
Benefits of participating in Lifesaving Sport at the club level
A Model - Lifesaving Sport Pathways – “Cradle to the Grave”
The diagram illustrates the pathways that would be available to an athlete in a fully developed organisation offering lifesaving sport. They range from club participation through to participation at the elite/international level.
Person A (top dotted line) – this athlete enters the sport at the local club level and stays participating in the sport at the club level as a life long activity. In reality this represents the great majority of athletes in lifesaving sport. This demands critical quality services to be available at the local club level.
Person B (middle dotted line) - enters the sport at the local club level and progresses from club, to regional, to state level competition (usually at the height of their competitiveness in the mid 20’s) and then as they become less competitive they fall back into the club system to continue their participation as a life long activity.
Person C (bottom full line) - enters the sport at the local club level and progresses from club, to regional, to state, to national and then is selected to represent his country at the international level (usually at the height of their competitiveness in the mid 20’s) and then as they become less competitive they fall back into the club system to continue their participation as a life long activity.
Various levels of responsibility kick in at the different levels of the pathway. This is the challenge for all members of ILS wanting to develop lifesaving sport. Key partners must be found to deliver the services required at each level. Critical to the development of competition at these levels are the support structures that an organisation must develop and maintain. These support systems are in the areas of human resources and specialist systems and facilities. The development of quality coaches, officials and administrators at every level are essential human resources and the development of “centres of excellence” such as having programs in or stand alone “Sport Academies” and “Sports Institutes” that offer specialist services such as sports science at the regional, state and national levels are also regarded as essential on the long run.
Fundamentally, without a club base that offers an opportunity to participate the system will fail.
3. Take Home Messages
Western Australian Government, “Community Perceptions Research, November 2005.